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What You'll Be Eating and Drinking at Citizen in Beverly Hills

By Lesley Balla  |  July 14, 2016
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When one door closes, another opens — that saying is particularly true of the current LA restaurant scene, where the turnover of chefs, dining rooms and menus happen at a fast tick. The very short-lived Spaghettini & The Dave Koz Lounge has quickly transformed into Citizen, a much less complicated restaurant, bar and lounge helmed by chef Scott Howard (Fork, Scott Howard) and barman Josh Goldman (Belcampo, ink.). They turned the sleek supper club into a more cozy spot for the neighborhood — as "neighborhood" as you can get in The Golden Triangle — with a menu that veers from comfort to classics, and cocktails that take a little inspiration from the 1960s, like champagne cocktails and vibrant blue tiki drinks. In short, it's a little something for everyone, whether a tourist staying at one of the many hotels or a local.

The room, designed by Spacecraft Design Group, is much warmer with a cool wood mural on one wall and plants along the other, rustic tables, macrame, black banquettes and orange velvet chairs. Outside is a large patio full of low-slung sofas with a fire pit in the center. Cocktails and a fire pit? This could be the new late-night spot for BevHills. Take a look at some of the food and drink below. Citizen opens for dinner at 5 PM, Tuesday through Sunday. There's a cocktail (happy) hour menu from 4 to 6:30 PM that includes oysters shucked on the patio, a selection of ceviche and sparkling cocktails for $10. Lunch (11 AM-3 PM) begins August 22.

184 N. Canon Dr.; 310-402-5885

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    Harry's Berries get a savory touch with mache, Pecorino and truffle. 

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    Tiki drinks have been a longstanding Beverly Hills tradition thanks to the original (now long gone) Trader Vic's at the Hilton. Goldman has a little fun hearkening back to the good old days with the Blue Hawaiian made with white rum, blue Curaçao, pineapple and lime shrub.

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    Who can resist oysters with garden salsa and Vietnamese mignonette?

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    Making good use of ancient grains, Howard serves kamut with white corn, Parmesan and popcorn shoots.

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    Fish tacos in Beverly Hills? Right on. Local halibut fried to a golden brown and served with pickled red onion, chipotle crema and pineapple.

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    A classic combo: Burrata, grilled grapes and prosciutto.

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    Labneh​ is everywhere right now. Here Howard uses it with roasted baby carrots, carrot jus and hazelnuts. 

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    On the "Three Martini Lunch" part of the cocktail menu, you can get your choice of well, premium or vintage spirits, ranging from $12 to whatever the price of that vintage spirit is (it's most likely over $20). The Flame of Love is made with vodka, sherry and a flamed orange rinse.